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The Strokes - "Juicebox"

Not sure if this is a rough or not. Directed by Michael Palmieri, and (I believe) shot by Christopher Doyle.

David Cross

Mov file 55mb

warhero, November 13, 2005 at 6:37:10 AM CET

So after making dinner and having a cup of tea... waiting for this thing to download- I was really disappointed- on paper I thought this video would be amazing- but NO.. Yeah so every one is jacking off and its about ..oooohhhhh SEX- but come on- it was like a GAP commercial....think this must be a rough- but still it makes me sad that bands ALWAYS go to the old brand names to direct their vids... oh well... I’m gonna go and wash up!

lusk81, November 13, 2005 at 7:24:20 AM CET

boring incorporated. what's going on with these promo directors doing this hipster shit? cell phones, text messaging, emailing, picture phones and the like do not belong on film in any way shape or form (if you're so obsessed with said technology and its coterminous trendiness, please do commercials for the fuckers instead. Stop filling the world with useless images that do nothing save promote your uselessness as a director).

this celebrity/comedian and his respective sound bites are straight up foolish and embarrasing. the overall style and aesthetic is problematic and uneven at best. The film stock, lighting approach, and telecine pass is wrong and amateurishly rough on the band members skin considering how 'bright' the piece is. The sex inuendo is blunt and beyond tired. The graphics work is an after effects tutorial. The homesexual shit is unrelated, terribly executed, and unwatchable. And the performance pieces dont even feel connected, let alone a part of the promo as a whole.

Dick in the mouth, this one's an F-.

shut up, November 13, 2005 at 8:52:59 AM CET

But you have to admit David Cross is pretty funny in the beginning, and the boys look cute.

jdub, November 13, 2005 at 10:07:40 AM CET

No he doesn't. This is absolute shit. wow. this is the shittiest shit I've seen in a long time. I'm embarrased to even scroll through it. It's not funny once. It's not interesting once. it's like a 1980s video crossed with a David Lachappelle video. crossed with shit. The shittiest shittiest shit.

I couldn't finish the clip. I hate the cel phones, I hate this director for asking an old woman to writhe on the floor with a dog, I hate the strokes for being so stupid, and I hate myself for watching it.

jdub, November 13, 2005 at 10:24:09 AM CET

Warehero, did you actually see the treatment for this?

And was this shot by Christopher Doyle? Hard to believe...his work is usually breathtaking.

warhero, November 13, 2005 at 2:11:44 PM CET

Not the actual treatment but it was " The Strokes perform at a radio show and while the music is being played...the song turns NY into a sexual frenzy...the end comment was that it was going to not be able to be show on TV as it was SO XXX rated" well if this is X rated- I'm going to close my eyes next time I watch a Hilary Duff video.

salad fingers, November 13, 2005 at 5:40:49 PM CET

I'm used to videos sucking, but that actually surprised me by extreme degree to which it sucked.

What the fuck was that video? There's so many layers of shittiness that it's hard to see the central core concept of the video, but you can tell that it was shitty too. Like some kind of shit-onion.

Every moment was either replusive or confusing. Oh, except the band's performance, of course. They look like handsome, compelling angels. At least the label is happy, then.

arseface, November 13, 2005 at 8:59:29 PM CET

I am GobSmacked I watch videos here all the time, and i think i can say that i have never felt so replused and uncomfortable during a commercial product. Exceptionally uneasy all round. If it was the directors intent to make you feel sick as a dog, then it worked very well indeed. Bravo

justalurker, November 13, 2005 at 9:33:56 PM CET

further insight into this debacle... the casting call:

langdonallger, November 13, 2005 at 10:00:35 PM CET

Maybe it's unfinished? I mean, I don't see how much better it could get with the video looking pretty intact already, but I don't know. I didn't like it necessarily but I feel like everyone's just jumping on the juicy-juice hating bandwagon or something. Great comments though, team. Shit-onion!

fellfromthesky, November 13, 2005 at 10:44:04 PM CET

Not that I'm defending it, but I think it may be mathematically impossible to make a good video for a song this bad.

familiar, November 13, 2005 at 11:03:13 PM CET

Bad video for a bad song. Embarrassing to watch at points.

captainmarc22, November 14, 2005 at 12:12:21 AM CET

okay, I agree, that sucked. The whole concept is weak; and the vignettes are too sparse for this to feel like a city-wide thing. The old woman and the dog was horrible on every level.

Still, the performance footage is good; and the scenes spinning around are awesome. The Strokes look bored but they're best part of the video. David Cross is funny too.

I predict they scrap the whole "around NYC" plot and it's a straightforward performance video. Nothing mindblowing, just another Strokes video.

captainmarc22, November 14, 2005 at 12:22:22 AM CET

quicktime mirrors:

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The Strokes - "Juicebox" (MOV)
The Strokes - "Juicebox" (WMV)

jackhitts08, November 14, 2005 at 2:04:46 AM CET

I actually didn't think that the video was that terrible. I think the words I would use are "stupid" and "pointless". I didn't really find the whole sex thing to be that scandalous. Please people, there have certainly been worse videos as far as sexual content goes. I agree that they should ditch those scenes though, they add nothing to the video whatsoever. The preformance shots were the best part of the video, I think they should just stick with those kind of videos forever, they work very well for them. The "Reptilia" video was pretty sweet, what with the "closeups only" concept, and this one is kind of cool with all the spinning. But yeah, I agree with captainmarc, they should just leave it as a performance video.

hiconcept, November 14, 2005 at 6:58:10 AM CET

It's interesting, when I read the initial reports of the concept, it sounded like it had solid potential. I can't say this is quite how I pictured it, my first question being, is the fact that there are only a few examples of the lust-spreading storyline making them seem lamer? I feel like part of the disconnected feeling between the performance and story may relate to them not having enough examples to establish the bit they're going for storywise.

I like the rotating camera bits with Julian, even though some shots feel repeated. I agree that ultimately the performance footage winds up being the stongest point of the video, the exact opposite of what I expected to think. Notable lack of shots of the rest of the band though, too few I think.

I feel like this may be unfinished if only for the lack of integration between the types of footage.

norb, November 14, 2005 at 8:17:00 AM CET

did some digging around about chris doyle shooting the

all i can say is... ouch! bad call for the strokes on this one.

lusk81, November 14, 2005 at 3:47:48 PM CET

From my understanding, their were 2 DP's on this piece. Doyle and a guy named Matt Uhry who came into focus a few years back for DP'ing a short film called OREGON. It recieved all kinds of award nomination and press writeups. The guy has worked with Palmieri in the past and I'm wondering if they split the load shooting seperate units (one does performance and the other the free run)...?

It really matters little that doyle was involved, the DP work is still unacceptable.

sherbie, November 14, 2005 at 8:22:40 PM CET

I know for a fact that this is not the finished video, It's still got the bloody time code on!! Dont know who put this on the site but it hasnt been approved.

salad fingers, November 15, 2005 at 1:33:58 AM CET

rough cut or not, you can't deny the fact that they shot a rich old woman seducing a dog by cleaning the floor with champagne.

wwwhatsup, November 16, 2005 at 11:55:40 PM CET


progosk, November 17, 2005 at 12:14:49 AM CET

couldn't bear to watch mid-way through. wtf?


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